Workforce Data


An enduring challenge for developing effective workforce policy in the early childhood sector is the lack of comprehensive, quality data at both the national and state levels. Our research calls attention to problems with existing data and spurs ideas for improving workforce data collection and wider early childhood data systems. As a partner organization to the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC), CSCCE supports state policymakers’ development and use of data systems to improve early care and education programs and child outcomes.

Workforce Data Publications

This brief, from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative is based on an analysis of state Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge applications – specifically the data section – and identifies key trends among states with respect to their development and use of data systems.

In this report, we examine the early care and education workforce data landscape across the states, focusing on the three main workforce data systems operating across the states, ECE workforce registries, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, and NACCRRAWare/T-TAM. This report also examines the challenges and efforts to align these systems.

This white paper makes the case for why states should build longitudinal data systems for early care and education, describes the ten fundamentals of a coordinated system with state examples, and provides guidance on how to ensure appropriate access to data, which includes building the capacity for stakeholders to use the data for continuous improvement.

This study examines the continuity of license-exempt home-based providers offering subsidized child care in Alameda County, California over the course of a year. Using lists of providers maintained by agencies distributing subsidies, the study identifies variations in continuity based on neighborhood income level, location of care, and whether the provider was related to the child.

This report, completed jointly by CCW/AFTEF and the Human Services Policy Center (HSPC), is the culmination of a two-year project funded by the Child Care Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, to derive a “demand-based” approach to develop a statistical model that can be used to generate child care workforce estimates at the state level.

This publication by the Center for the Childcare Workforce (CCW) and the Human Services Policy Center (HSPC) contains national estimates of the size and characteristics of the workforce serving children ages 0 to 5 (excluding children enrolled in kindergarten) and also attempts to build a new vocabulary for describing the workforce, conceptualizing and categorizing it more clearly than it has been done before.

Although nearing thirty years since it first appeared in Young Children (Volume 41), this description of the status of national early childhood workforce data sadly remains relevant today as do many of its policy recommendations.